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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 20, 2010 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Early era 'news' question for ya...

I haven't seen that many early news reports on the Dead, actually (there really needs to be an online collection), and not many that point them out as particularly special. When the media turned their attention to San Francisco, Jefferson Airplane was what they usually looked at - and the Grateful Dead became more a band to make fun of, an example of the "hippie scene" and that funny music they liked...
But, here was a review from October '66 that absolutely raves about them:

I think the Dead are a clearcut case of a band that built popularity based on shows, not albums. Which doesn't mean everybody had to like them. Heck, even after decades of building their reputation, MOST people still don't like their early shows. And people at the time probably had lots of other favorite bands, it's not like there was a shortage of them. Is there ever a "#1 Undisputed Top Live Band"?
The early Dead didn't have catchy songs, or much of a stage presence, didn't rock out like other bands, and probably sounded like a noisy aimless din more than a dance band, to lots of people. Perhaps they catered to people with peculiar tastes... The "they can't play" complaint must've started early on. I saw a review of the 11/10/67 show (on another forum) where the reviewer says Buffalo Springfield made the Dead sound like amateurs! But nobody was taping Buffalo Springfield...
So when I say the Dead were a great live band, it certainly doesn't mean everyone was bowing down & worshiping them - we all know that! Just that ENOUGH people DID, to start this chain reaction that ends up with us on this forum...

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Poster: Hal R Date: Aug 20, 2010 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Early era 'news' question for ya...

You mentioned that with the Dead "Perhaps they catered to people with peculiar tastes...". That was part of it but also they appealed to those outside the mainstream, the outsiders, the kids that didn't fit in, the poets, the thinkers, the readers, the bikers, the counterculture. You didn't have to be good looking or have the right clothes or car and none of that mattered. We all found a safe refuge where we could be ourselves with others being themselves and accept each other for what we were. If you were a freak you could fit in with the other freaks. A huge breath of fresh air. Because the band was all a bunch of misfits too. I think this changed in the 80's, when the odd or unique kids still got turned on to the band but more of the mainstream came in.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 21, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Early era 'news' question for ya...

I have a bunch of early era news clips that I am posting from time to time at the Transitive Axis forum. Fun to see how these historic shows were preceived at the time by what I imagine were relatively clean-cut music critics.

I'd post them here too, but I've never been clear about how one goes about posting images in this forum.

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Poster: rippley Date: Aug 20, 2010 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Early era 'news' question for ya...-B Bender

Geez, Mr. LiA, between your enlightening essay and Mr. Monte's free tix, I'm getting very little work done today. Thank you both very much for that!

All I can add is this cool little video clip where Gene Parsons explains and demonstrates the B Bender he created for Clarence White.Enjoy, and thanks again to you both!


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